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How to get a job on an oil rig

Updated July 19, 2017

Oil rig jobs offer a series of benefits for prospective employees including attractive starting salaries, opportunities for job development and flexible shift patterns. Roustabout, catering assistant and steward positions require very little experience while those with an engineering background might be ideally suited to drilling, mechanical or maintenance work. To improve your chances of securing offshore work, a curriculum vitae (CV) highlighting previous experience and the correct training and medical certificates are essential.

Review online job pages advertising oil rig positions such as the OilCareers website. Consider your previous experience and make a list of jobs that make use of your talents and expertise. Remember to write down your key skills including any experience you may have in mechanical work, engineering, electrical engineering or managerial roles.

Compile a CV and highlight your previous experience, remembering to include the names, addresses and management contact details of previous employers for reference purposes. Include a list of job skills that might make your application more appealing and list your educational information with any qualifications clearly cited.

Add information about your personal interests and hobbies to highlight your capacity for team or solo positions on an oil rig. Increase the chances of a successful job application by having a CV compiled professionally. Alternatively, use a CV template within word processing software such as Microsoft Word.

Arrange a place on an approved BOSIET (Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training) course. As of 2013, South Tyneside College charges £800 for this 3-day course. Also, register with an approved UKOOA (United Kingdom Offshore Operators Commission) physician and arrange a medical examination that declares you fit for work in an offshore environment. The Oil and Gas UK website has search facilities for finding approved physicians within your local area.

Write a covering letter to your prospective employer. Use a contact name wherever possible to show you have researched the position carefully and be clear about the position you are applying for. Be concise about your availability for interviews and starting dates, especially in situations where a position requires filling quickly. Remember to attach your CV, your certificate of induction training and your medical certificate before sending off the covering letter.

Reply to any additional correspondence requesting further information promptly to highlight your desire and enthusiasm for the position. Confirm your intention to attend an interview by mail or by telephone and remember to turn up to scheduled appointments with time to spare. Think about any questions you would like to ask your prospective employer prior to attending an interview and consider any questions the interviewee might ask you so that you already have suitable answers prepared.

Things You'll Need

  • CV
  • Covering letter
  • Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training certificate
  • OKOOA approved medical certificate
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About the Author

Based in the United Kingdom, Paul Miceli has been a professional writer since 2006. He has been published online by Ideate Media and Promiga and has a proven track record of producing informational articles and sales copy. Miceli is educated to U.K. "A-level" standard, continues to work as a paint sprayer and has more than 25 years of automotive body repair experience.